Oceania Cruises Offers Southern Hemisphere Voyages In Winter 2011/2012

Cruising in the southern hemisphere received another boost earlier this week with the announcement that Oceania Cruises will offer new itineraries in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific for the winter 2011/2012 season. The luxury line will deploy its 684-guest Regatta to the region following the conclusion of her voyages in the Caribbean and North America.


The ship is scheduled to depart Los Angeles on 16 December 2011 for a 21-day sailing to Papeete via Hawaii, calling at Nawiliwili, Kahului, Honolulu, Kailua-Kona, Christmas Island, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Moorea and Huahine enroute. She then spends 11 days cruising the islands of French Polynesia before making her way westward to Auckland, with visits to Pago Pago, Suva, Lautoka, Port Vila, Noumea, Ile des Pins and the Bay of Islands.


Between Auckland and Sydney, guests have the choice of 16-day or 21-day itineraries that explore different routings. On the former, Regatta will sail around South Island and cross the Tasman Sea, visiting ports such as Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hobart and Melbourne, while the latter explores a northerly routing covering Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia, Cairns, Townsville, Whitsunday Island and Brisbane.


Following her arrival in Sydney on 29 March 2012, Regatta will begin to make her way back to North America, with the first leg comprising a 25-day cruise to Papeete via New Zealand. She then operates another 11-day roundtrip from the Tahitian port before sailing north on her 21-day repositioning cruise for Hawaii and San Francisco to mark the end of her deployment.


Constructed in 1998, the sleek and elegant Regatta boasts 342 lavish suites and staterooms (of which nearly 70 percent feature private verandahs), ensuring comfort and luxury for her guests. 4 unique, open seating restaurants, 8 lounges and bars, as well as world class recreation and wellness facilities keep guests occupied at sea, complemented by an array of enriching shore excursions from Oceania Cruises at port calls.


For more information, visit www.oceaniacruises.com.

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